Evolution KAL: Official Fiber Factor Edition

So … last year I competed on the first (and so far, only) season of The Fiber Factor.  This year, Skacel and The Fiber Factor have been hosting a series of Knit-A-Longs (KALs) for some of the designs featured on the show.  My design for the first Challenge (“Knit Your Life”) was Evolution, a big heart-shaped shawl that begins simply and ends with a flourish of lace. Evolution is the November KAL for The Fiber Factor’s “Year of the KAL.”

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I led an informal KAL right after the pattern was published by Skacel, and I’ve heard about several knitting guilds selecting Evolution as a group KAL pattern — last time I checked, there were 90+ project pages for Evolution, including just over 40 finished shawls. Nothing thrills me more than knitters making stuff from my patterns.  It makes my heart sing!

This latest, greatest Evolution KAL will be hosted by yours truly on the Fiber Factor forum on Ravelry. I’ve re-knit the pattern in Rylie (a great sportweight yarn made of alpaca, silk, and linen), and made little videos for each week of knitting.

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Cast On: November 3rd

Cast Off: December 8th

Prizes:  provided by Skacel, awarded to three lucky randomly-selected KAL participants (see the forum post for full information).

I hope you join us for this KAL!

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NEW Pattern: Carillon Cloche

Skacel has published the pattern for my Carillon Cloche — my sixth and final entry in The Fiber Factor.

PatternCarillon Cloche

DesignerRachel Henry

Available:  $7 on Ravelry

Yarn: Hat: Schoppel-Wolle Leinen Los (2 balls); Bow: Schulana Kid-Seta (1 ball each of 4 colors)

Notions: JUL shawl pin or other embellishment

I really love this hat — hated to turn it in, actually. I have yarn set aside, so I’m thinking of hosting a nice casual KAL for Carillon.  If you’re interested, pop on over to the Remily Knits forum and comment in the Carillon thread.

The brim is worked sideways, on the bias, in half linen stitch.  The body of the hat is stockinette, picked up from the edge of the brim.  The Leinen Los is held doubled throughout.  The band and bow is Kid-Seta, also held doubled, also half linen stitch.  Colors are swapped out one strand at a time to create the slow glowing color change. So pretty!  Band and bow are sewn in place after the hat is wet blocked.

You can also wear it with the brim pinned up:

 

Winter Beach Pattern — Now Available!

Well, I am literally leaving the house in 15 minutes — working at Stitches East all weekend in Kate’s booth (A Hundred Ravens — come say hi!!).

BUT — I couldn’t leave without sharing the good news — Winter Beach is now available for purchase on Ravelry. I’ll be hosting a KAL in the Remily Knits group on Ravelry. Please join us there!

I’ve also made a mailing list for Remily Knits — if you want timely announcements about KALs, new patterns, test knitting opportunities, and the like — join the list! I promise not to abuse your email.

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Fiber Factor: Goodies for Challenge #2

My box for Challenge #2 of The Fiber Factor came Saturday!

We have a choice of two yarns for Challenge #2: Simplicity, and Simpliworsted. The package included full color cards and two skeins of each yarn. Thank you to Skacel for the little extras! Heartstopper end caps for the Addi Click sets — hooray! And a nice 4×4 gauge measuring device too.

I’ve already played a bit with both weights of yarn — I will likely choose the finer gauge (Simplicity), unless Challenge #2 is “king size blankets” or “yarnbomb your home.”

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This is all helping me stay calm while I wait (hrrrmmmmmm waiting is hard!) for the Results Show for Challenge #1 — debuting at 4pm PDT, aka 7pm at my house. I have some knitter friends joining me in person and via the phone to help me survive the waiting!